Sestak not eligible for unpaid position offered?

posted at 12:15 pm on May 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Maybe Byron York has discovered the reason that the Obama administration released its response to the Joe Sestak scandal in a Friday document dump.  They may have hoped that no one would take the time over the holiday weekend to thoroughly parse their tortured explanation of how they offered an unpaid position to Sestak as an enticement to drop his primary challenge to Arlen Specter.  Unfortunately for them, the New York Times still had enough time to check the eligibility requirements for the Intelligence Advisory Board, the offer that Sestak hinted he got while rushing to corroborate the Oval Office spin.  Byron York catches it buried in the Times report:

In a little-noticed passage Friday, the New York Times reported that Rep. Joe Sestak was not eligible for a place on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, the job he was reportedly offered by former President Bill Clinton.  And indeed a look at the Board’s website reveals this restriction:

The Board consists of not more than 16 members appointed by the President from among individuals who are not employed by the Federal Government. Members are distinguished citizens selected from the national security, political, academic, and private sectors.

As a sitting member of Congress, Sestak was not eligible for the job.  And since the White House intended for Sestak to remain in his House seat, he would not have been eligible for the board after this November’s elections, provided he was re-elected to the House.

The statement from White House counsel Robert Bauer did not specifically mention the intelligence board, but speaking to reporters Friday, Sestak said of his conversation with Clinton, “At the time, I heard the words ‘presidential board,’ and that’s all I heard…I heard ‘presidential board,’ and I think it was intel.” In addition, the Times reported that “people briefed on the matter said one option was an appointment” to the intelligence board. But the White House could not legally have placed Sestak on the board.

If that was indeed the offer, then Sestak would have had to withdraw from his House race as well — leaving him without any income.  How exactly would that have convinced Sestak to leave the race?  It sounds more like a threat than a warning.  We’ll appoint you to this board unless you play ball!

This looks more like an ex post facto attempt to shoehorn the known facts into any kind of exonerating framework than the truth.  And the ambiguous statements surrounding this release also sound like an attempt to leave as much wiggle room as possible.  Oh, we didn’t mean the Intel Board, a rebuttal will almost certainly insist.  We had a number of options in mind for Rep. Sestak.  The intel board was just a brainstorming suggestion.

But that would mean we would have to believe that the White House believed that Sestak would leave the race for some ambiguous promise of an unpaid position on a board without any specifics on what he’d be doing or the influence he would have on policy.  Maybe Sestak isn’t the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, but why would anyone sentient enough to get himself elected to Congress in the first place even entertain such an offer as a serious proposal?  Nor is that what Sestak consistently alleged over the last few months; he said that the Obama administration had offered him a job, something specific.

If the White House thought this gambit would put the matter to rest, they have a bigger competence problem than anyone first thought.  Don’t Chicago pols get trained better than this?  Well … probably not.


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Memo to Slick, next time pick a better unpaid, non-job to offer a candidate. Thanks, Rhambo.

Kissmygrits on May 29, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Version 3.0 should be entertaining.

BigWyo on May 29, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Rush awhile back said Barry’s previous M.O. was to “clear the field” rather than risk a challenge in an election.
Methinks this was used in trying to get Snarlin Arlen over the finish line and it has blown up in their faces.

jjshaka on May 29, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Amateurs.

And the cover-up is always worse than the crime.

av8tr on May 29, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Wow, now I know what ethics and transparency look like, thanks dumbocrats. I can see November from my backyard.

skanter on May 29, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Had Obama not appointed Eric Holder to the position of Attorney General this would probably be his Sestakgate moment. However since Holder is as corrupt if not more than Obama, nothing will come of this no matter how much the public screams, as the man said… Nothing to see here… Move along…

doriangrey on May 29, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Oh, we didn’t mean the Intel Board, a rebuttal will almost certainly insist. We had a number of options in mind for Rep. Sestak. The intel board was just a brainstorming suggestion.

If I’m not mistaken, there’s only two active Presidential Advisory Boards: the Intelligence Advisory Board and the Economic Recovery Advisory Board. I don’t the rules for membership of the Economics Board, but Sestak is no economist.

This whole story about an advisory board appointment is simply hogwash. It seems like they could have done a better job of constructing a story.

On the other hand, maybe they didn’t read their own memo, either. I guess they had to release it so see what was in it.

SlaveDog on May 29, 2010 at 12:27 PM

The problem with Obama and his minions in his admin… they never had to work hard to win anything – nor have they had to play by the book. They never had to be “right”, just get the “result” they always desired.

That is why – upon being elected President – every single issue, appointment, policy, etc is a complete and utter disaster. Its not just the difference between “campaigning and governing” – its about “stealing vs earning”

Their entire communications – namely via Gibbs – is both ineffective and barley plausable.

Its like a 3rd grader trying to ghost write for Willaim F Buckley Jr.

Odie1941 on May 29, 2010 at 12:27 PM

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!”

“What did the president know, and when did he know it?”

turfmann on May 29, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Speaking of being paid or unpaid, Michelle Bachman’s amendment to freeze federal pay except for military personnel was defeated along party lines. The Dems do like their personal pork. The amendment came from the Cantor effort to identify wasteful government spending. Check out how your representative voted:

http://republicanwhip.house.gov/YouCut/week2.htm

onlineanalyst on May 29, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Also, this week’s votes for cuts include addressing the Freddie and Fannie problem. Get your vote in.
http://republicanwhip.house.gov/YouCut/week2.htm

onlineanalyst on May 29, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Someone’s got more splainin’ to do.

Key West Reader on May 29, 2010 at 12:29 PM

i’m also extremely intrigued by the comment in the memo that the Sestak mess happened in June AND July of 2009. As Riehl points out, are they suggesting Clinton and Sestak conversed for two months, even though Sestak said the phone call was less than a minute. (And let’s be honest – does anyone believe that Bill Clinton talked for less than a minute?)

So… a former POTUS was brought in, to offer a non paying advisory position that Sestak was ineligible for anyway, and this all happened in June AND July of 2009. Why does anyone believe this? And how can this occur over a two month period if it was one 45 second phone call?

http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2010/05/did-clintonsestak-call-last-two-months.html

Sestak has repeatedly called it a high level federal job offer FROM the white house. The WH memo released yesterday does not refute any other conversations Sestak may have had with someone in the WH. It merely says Clinton talked to Sestak about a non paying position (which basically is an admission to quid pro quo of some sort).

So, what else occurred over this two month period?

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Rush awhile back said Barry’s previous M.O. was to “clear the field” rather than risk a challenge in an election.

Yeah, just ask Jack Ryan.

LASue on May 29, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Just keep bringing it up. Over and over and over again. Let them pile lie upon lie.

Out Alinsky the Alinskys.

Kinda like the “Don’t touch me” video.

Someone will eventually trip up. And this one’s got all the big boys playing the game out in the open.

BowHuntingTexas on May 29, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Magically, the Obama admin was careful enough to offer job that kept them out of legal trouble but careless enough to offer a job Sestak was ineligible for…

ninjapirate on May 29, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Clinton will be the key to this. He is smart enough to see how badly Chairman Zero had screwed this up and he offered his services as a buffer. He will let it unravel some more then come out and say “I had the brief conversation mentioned by the White House but it has become obvious that a lot more was going on. I was misled on this”. Thereby clearing the way for Paintsuit 2012.

BuckNutty on May 29, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Things just aren’t working out for President Tar Balls.

Weight of Glory on May 29, 2010 at 12:31 PM

O’s team was too cute by half in cleaning up this mess.

Turns out Bauer’s clean-up crew rivals the Keystone Kops.

Who’s getting chewed out in Bauer’s office for overlooking this detail?

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Kinda like the “Don’t touch me” video.
BowHuntingTexas on May 29, 2010 at 12:31 PM

LOL!

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Yes, the fact that Sestak was ineligible or that the position was unlikely to get him to drop out was really a threat or in some way significant.

It isn’t.

An offer was made as an explicit quid pro quo by a White House official. It could have been babysitting services. What does it matter. Rahm broke the law. There should be a warrant out for his arrest as we speak. The deeper goings on are a sideshow here other than to determine if this was authorized by the president. Bauer’s memo amounts to an admission of Rahm’s guilt.

Rocks on May 29, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Did you have conversationS with the White House in which you were offered a high-ranking job… The answer was yes.

Couple of points:

Conversations is more than ONE.

And what Congressman would think that a toss-off conversation with Bill Clinton (of all people) about your interest or non-interest in some Presidential advisory board would be a White House offer?

OFFERED means it was more than just a “hey, would you be interested in this other thing”

JOB implies that it is a PAID gig

WHITE HOUSE means he believes the “offer” came from someone in the White House, not BJC just fishing for some interest

HIGH-RANKING is NOT on some obscure advisory board that no one has ever heard of (and you’re not even eligible for without quitting BOTH the job you have AND the one you’re campaigning for).

Sorry, this story has enough holes in it to shepherd the Exxon Valdez through it.

UnderstandingisPower on May 29, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Thereby clearing the way for Paintsuit 2012.

BuckNutty on May 29, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Or maybe Billy Jeff just wants people to forget he was impeached and is helping Obama achieve that honor so people will forget about him receiving that honor…

doriangrey on May 29, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Malia to Obama on Tuesday morning: “Daddy, did Mr. Bauer plug the holes in your story yet?”

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2010 at 12:35 PM

I’m not buying any of it. How Obama ever thought throwing Clinton into the mix would give credibility to the agreed upon lie story is beyond me. The truth will be found in Sestak’s original admission that he was offered a high-level position and that it was the Sec’y of the Navy job.

When is Blago’s book coming out again?

Connie on May 29, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Who’s getting chewed out in Bauer’s office for overlooking this detail?

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Bauer didn’t overlook any detail. This is a blatant attempt to stop this at Rahm. The MSM’s attempt to play this off as nothing illegal has occurred is ridiculous and bloggers buying into it just because it allows them to paint them administration as inept is just dumb. They should be calling for indictments.

Rocks on May 29, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Why does anyone believe this? And how can this occur over a two month period if it was one 45 second phone call?

Parsing like an Obot…

Uh, it uh, took place, that is, uh, the conversation, took place, on June 30, 2009 starting at uh, 11:59:45 and ended on July uh, uh, 1, 2009 at uh, yeah, 12:00:30. Yeah, yeah, that’ll work. That’s over two months, right?

UnderstandingisPower on May 29, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Someone posted this on another thread. I think it shows that this story isn’t going to fly regardless of when it was given to the media.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3ojYOYobT4

Doesn’t it seem that they would have done better considering that this first came up in February? I think we all need to say a little prayer of thankfulness at how half a$$ these people are.

Cindy Munford on May 29, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Clinton will be the key to this. He is smart enough to see how badly Chairman Zero had screwed this up and he offered his services as a buffer. He will let it unravel some more then come out and say “I had the brief conversation mentioned by the White House but it has become obvious that a lot more was going on. I was misled on this”. Thereby clearing the way for Paintsuit 2012.

BuckNutty on May 29, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Great point. This reeks of Clintonism 101.

Considering Sestaks cozy relationship with the Clintons – and the fact he was the guy who made the claim in Feb. – 6 months after the supposed – right before the primary cycle was heating up against Spector, then amazingly – Bubba is in the middle – as Sestak is backing away from the initial claim he made.

Bubba can take the “statesmean” road of just trying to help a brother out (makes him look good) while railing against the Reps for bringing the issue up (vast right wing conspiracy redux) and ultimatley making Obama scramble (makes current admin look bad) – all equal succes for the Clintons, of course via Bubba proxy for Hillary.

They are outplaying Obama politically.

It was just a matter of time when and where a scandal broke for Hillary to both leave the admin – and make a run against Obama – for the “good of the people”

The Clintons havent forgotten the 2008 Dem primary race and Obama smearing them both.

I think we have 3 primary political party’s in America.

Republicans
Democrats
Clintons

Odie1941 on May 29, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Why is my YouTube link not highlighted?

Cindy Munford on May 29, 2010 at 12:41 PM

I still don’t see what was in this for Clinton. It’s a mystery.

SlaveDog on May 29, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Is Sestak employed by the Federal government?

Isn’t he employed by “We the People”?

mockmook on May 29, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Doesn’t it seem that they would have done better considering that this first came up in February? I think we all need to say a little prayer of thankfulness at how half a$$ these people are.

Cindy Munford on May 29, 2010 at 12:39 PM

They aren’t half a$$ed. They just think they can flout the law and get away with it. Dwelling on the inanities of the position offers just aids this.

Rocks on May 29, 2010 at 12:42 PM

UnderstandingisPower on May 29, 2010 at 12:37 PM

You aren’t calling me an Obot are you?

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Malia to Obama on Tuesday morning: “Daddy, did Mr. Bauer plug the holes in your story yet?”

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Thread winner!!!!!!! LOLOL. Good stuff.

Odie1941 on May 29, 2010 at 12:42 PM

I’m not buying any of it. How Obama ever thought throwing Clinton into the mix would give credibility to the agreed upon lie story is beyond me. The truth will be found in Sestak’s original admission that he was offered a high-level position and that it was the Sec’y of the Navy job.

When is Blago’s book coming out again?

Connie on May 29, 2010 at 12:36 PM

The inquiry should NOT just focus on a particular job offer such as SECNAV. Under oath, Sestak should identify what was on offer specifically and who offered it and by what authority. By asking only about the SECNAV position, the investigation stops when the answer is “NO.”

onlineanalyst on May 29, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Why is my YouTube link not highlighted?
Cindy Munford on May 29, 2010 at 12:41 PM

No space between the period and url.

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 12:43 PM

I think we have 3 primary political party’s in America.

Republicans Imbeciles
Democrats Criminals
Clintons Sociopaths

Odie1941 on May 29, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Fix’d that for ya…

doriangrey on May 29, 2010 at 12:44 PM

UnderstandingisPower on May 29, 2010 at 12:37 PM
You aren’t calling me an Obot are you?
sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Never mind, I get it now.

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 12:44 PM

The Obama machine just got slimed by the Clinton machine. Hillary’s revenge? A primary bid in 2012?

I don’t think it’s out of the question that by 2012, Obama will pull an LBJ.

EMD on May 29, 2010 at 12:44 PM

So, what else occurred over this two month period?

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 12:29 PM

I would guess Sestak got a lot of calls from various Dems.
He was mentioned in 2008 as a possible challenger to Arlen the Republican. I can’t imagine a former admiral sitting in the House as a very junior member, taking orders from Pelosi for long. He had to have higher aspirations (rockmom says she’s heard he even has presidential ambitions).

So Sestak is quietly encouraged to consider a 2010 senate run until the Dems, desperately in need of that 60th vote, manage to flip Arlen. Then Sestak is told he has to wait six more years (Arlen would be 86 in 2016, if he lived that long, and unlikely to run again). Sestak is not a patient man, and doesn’t like the idea of slogging through the life of a House member for six more years. He wants to be senator, and he thinks he can beat Arlen…and then the Dems would have to close ranks behind Sestak.

Since Arlen’s flip included a promise of Dem support in a primary, the Dems have to try to get Sestak out. One assumes Sestak got an expletive-filled call from Eddie Rendell, perhaps one from Rahm, and maybe a chat with Pelosi (Reid swears he never talked to Sestak). None of this works. Sestak has $8 million in his war chest and thinks he can take Arlen, despite the fact that the PA Dem machine and money will be working for Arlen.

So they finally bring in Bubba, who has connections to Sestak (Bubba made him an admiral, apparently), with some carrot of a high-level job. Perhaps also a promise if he plays nicely, he can have the PA Dem nomination for senate in 2016. It doesn’t work.

And Sestak is so ticked about all this pressure that he publicly speaks about how they’ve been trying to bribe him away from his senate run, but he wants to project the “I can’t be bought” image.

That’s my guess.

Wethal on May 29, 2010 at 12:45 PM

I still don’t see what was in this for Clinton. It’s a mystery.

SlaveDog on May 29, 2010 at 12:41 PM

The opportunity to betray his enemies…

doriangrey on May 29, 2010 at 12:46 PM

question – why do they care if it was Sestak or Specter in the seat? Wouldn’t either one vote with Obama?

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 12:48 PM

leaving him without any income

Not quite. Sestak is a retired two star admiral. The current monthly pay for a two star is:
Rank >30 >34 >38
O-8 13220 13549 13549
If he retired with 30 years of active duty he would receive 75% of his full pay or .75 x 13220 per month or 9915 per month. This is based on the 2010 pay tables so his actual would be somewhat less because it would be based on the pay tables he retired under.

chemman on May 29, 2010 at 12:48 PM

I still don’t see what was in this for Clinton. It’s a mystery.

SlaveDog on May 29, 2010 at 12:41 PM

A million dollar gift certificate from McDonalds and a referral to Nancy Pelosi’s plastic surgeon for Hillary.

Oldnuke on May 29, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Odie1941 on May 29, 2010 at 12:41 PM

I would get the biggest bowl of popcorn imaginable to watch that happen.

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Will the finger be pointed at Rahm now? Feel like this is a setup for him as the fall guy. Rumors of his days being numbered, weren’t there? And, he’s off in Israel at the moment. Not able to protect his back while there.

publiuspen on May 29, 2010 at 12:50 PM

I still don’t see what was in this for Clinton. It’s a mystery.

SlaveDog on May 29, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Clinton was in it for the thrill. He loves being a player. All he did was deliver a message. He knew he was gold here. Bauer’s memo makes clear, and I am sure this is what Clinton’s lunch with Obama was about, that Clinton made no offer himself. He simply relayed Rahm’s message. Clinton has done nothing illegal and he was making sure Bauer’s memo said that. Rahm is the fall guy here.

Rocks on May 29, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Malia to Obama on Tuesday morning: “Daddy, did Mr. Bauer plug the holes in your story yet?”

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2010 at 12:35 PM
Thread winner!!!!!!! LOLOL. Good stuff.

Odie1941 on May 29, 2010 at 12:42 PM

ObaMao is in a fit of pique because Glenn Beck made fun of his daughter over the plugging a hole remark, This outrage and consequent apology by Beck is considered big news on the AOL main page. I won’t even click on it.

Advice to ObaMao: Don’t drag your family into your bleeding-heart narratives unless you want them to be part of the story. “Daddy, I can see tar balls from my WH television set.”

onlineanalyst on May 29, 2010 at 12:51 PM

There seems to be a question that is not being asked so I will.

Why would Bill Clinton want to help Obama in any way? What was in it for Billy (And Hillary)? Bill and Hillary HATE Obama. My imgaination runs wild!

Bill does not give out “favors” for nothing. EVER!

AnthonyK on May 29, 2010 at 12:51 PM

If you’re going fab a lie you’d do well to insure it’ll survive the first hard poke it receives.

This one couldn’t handle a brush with a feather.

This ain’t Chicago, Obozo.

And unlike Chicago, some folks in the press aren’t carrying your water anymore.

CPT. Charles on May 29, 2010 at 12:52 PM

question – why do they care if it was Sestak or Specter in the seat? Wouldn’t either one vote with Obama?
sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 12:48 PM

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Presumably, a deal was made btw Obooba and Specter when the latter was about to switch parties, including no primary opponent.

Akzed on May 29, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Malia to Obama on Tuesday morning: “Daddy, did Mr. Bauer plug the holes in your story yet?”

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2010 at 12:35 PM

All right that did it all that scotch doesn’t look good on my monitor and my keyboard is throwing sparks. That’s the best post yet!

Oldnuke on May 29, 2010 at 12:53 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3ojYOYobT4

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Thank you.

Cindy Munford on May 29, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Another aside: Hadn’t Chris Matthews at one point considered running for the Dem PA senate seat before Arlen Specter switched parties?

onlineanalyst on May 29, 2010 at 12:54 PM

UnderstandingisPower on May 29, 2010 at 12:37 PM

You aren’t calling me an Obot are you?

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 12:42 PM

NO. NO. NO. NO! Far from it. I’m saying in answer to your question, from an Obot’s perspective, trying to parse their way through an answer to your brilliant question, that that’s how they would sound!

I think your question is spot on and is actually an echo of what I said about there being “conversationS” (i.e. multiple). I wish someone in the media would ask it! I was just trying to think like an Obot (and now I need brain bleach) as to how they would answer that and still be TECHNICALLY correct while totally misleading everyone with their answer.

UnderstandingisPower on May 29, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Bill does not give out “favors” for nothing. EVER!

AnthonyK on May 29, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Having the leader of the free world personally in your debt is hardly nothing.

Rocks on May 29, 2010 at 12:55 PM

I don’t think it’s out of the question that by 2012, Obama will pull an LBJ.

EMD on May 29, 2010 at 12:44 PM

I think it’s going to 1980 all over again with Obama playing the role of Carter and Hillary being Teddy. Nothing overt yet, just little signs of Clinton loyalists looking to undermine Bambi. Carville tears Bambi a new one over the oil spill and Matthews attacks Bambi as well. So the discussions are out there that Hillary might be a better choice for the Dems over Obama.

The key is the November elections. If the Dems get murdered, then look for Hillary to resign her position as SOS sometime earlier in 2011 “for personal reasons.” Bambi will spend 2011 worried about dealing with a resurgent Republican congress (whether or not they achieve an actual majority) with whispers from Clintonites undermining his position.

Bambi’s headaches are just beginning.

PackerBronco on May 29, 2010 at 12:55 PM

onlineanalyst on May 29, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Limbaugh made fun of his little quip too, on two different days. I don’t think he’s going to apologize.

Oldnuke on May 29, 2010 at 12:55 PM

question – why do they care if it was Sestak or Specter in the seat? Wouldn’t either one vote with Obama?

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Arlen was promised Dem support in the primary in exchange for flipping. Probably promised all opponents would be cleared out so he would run unopposed. But the Dems were unable to clear out Sestak.

Arlen was also promised that he would retain all his seniority in the Senate, but Harry ducked it by letting the Dem senate caucus vote on it. They voted (secretly, I think) not to grant Arlen the seniority, which would let him jump the queue ahead of other Dems who had waited for years for plum committee assignments.

I keep hoping Snarlin Arlen will let lose with a little revenge on Reid before Arlen exits the senate.

Wethal on May 29, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Presumably, a deal was made btw Obooba and Specter when the latter was about to switch parties, including no primary opponent.

Akzed on May 29, 2010 at 12:52 PM

A deal that they would bribe others to stay out of the race? It’s weird that they would risk an impeachable offense for Arlen Specter, to protect him from another Democrat…

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Will the finger be pointed at Rahm now? Feel like this is a setup for him as the fall guy. Rumors of his days being numbered, weren’t there? And, he’s off in Israel at the moment. Not able to protect his back while there.

publiuspen on May 29, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Naw, Rahm has nothing to worry about, The Dishonorable Eric Holder, Grand Inquisitor for the Department of Injustice will ensure that the only people persecuted for Sestakgate will be those attempting to inquire into it.

doriangrey on May 29, 2010 at 12:56 PM

First Carvell calls out Berry on the spill. Then Billy Jeff has lunch with Barry and agrees to play the bag man in this little farce, then Billy Jeff starts speaking out against the left.

Barry should be scared to death. This will not end well for him.

BuckNutty on May 29, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Rocks on May 29, 2010 at 12:42 PM

But I am not considering just this when I call them half a$$ed. And I don’t think you need to worry about this causing people to take their eye off the ball. You can’t have to much ammunition.

Cindy Munford on May 29, 2010 at 12:57 PM

I still don’t see what was in this for Clinton. It’s a mystery.

SlaveDog on May 29, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Obama’s machine had something on Clinton. Kind of like what the Corleones had on Senator Geary in Godfather II. Obama told Bill that some day Obama would call upon him to do Obama a service…though that day may never come.

Clearly, that day came.

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2010 at 12:58 PM

A deal that they would bribe others to stay out of the race? It’s weird that they would risk an impeachable offense for Arlen Specter, to protect him from another Democrat…

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 12:56 PM

This goes on all of the time. It’s like second nature to Dems and Republicans. The big difference here is that Sestak was stupid enough to admit to it on television and since it IS illegal, well, damn, now you have to do something about it.

PackerBronco on May 29, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Cindy Munford on May 29, 2010 at 12:54 PM
The video isn’t showing up for me. Is it for you?

UnderstandingisPower on May 29, 2010 at 12:54 PM
Sorry, I got it afterwards. I was freaked thinking someone mistook ME for an Obot. haha

Wethal on May 29, 2010 at 12:55 PM
I read the other day that Specter was thinking of heading right again. Did you hear that?

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 1:01 PM

A deal that they would bribe others to stay out of the race? It’s weird that they would risk an impeachable offense for Arlen Specter, to protect him from another Democrat…

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 12:56 PM

It would not necessarily have been a bribe. All it would take would be some phone calls to any Dem who wanted to run, reminding him of the money and organization the PA Dem machine has, right down to the precinct captains in Philly and their GOTV efforts. All this woule be at the endorsed nominee’s disposal, as well as out-of-town speakers like Obama, Bubba, etc. Try running and raising money against that.

It would be enough to “persuade” anyone that running against the Dem party-endorsed candidate would be uphill up Mt. Everest. This would be legal, as all they offered were “facts” about the reality of running against the machine.

Wethal on May 29, 2010 at 1:02 PM

PackerBronco on May 29, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Yea, but for Arlen Specter? ewe.

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 1:02 PM

ObaMao is in a fit of pique because Glenn Beck made fun of his daughter over the plugging a hole remark, This outrage and consequent apology by Beck is considered big news on the AOL main page. I won’t even click on it.

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onlineanalyst on May 29, 2010 at 12:51 PM

So did the Boss Emeritus. Check out her update on this post: “drags Malia into the fray.”

http://michellemalkin.com/2010/05/27/the-first-oil-spill-head-rolls-obama-fires-mms-head/

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Obama’s machine had something on Clinton. Kind of like what the Corleones had on Senator Geary in Godfather II. Obama told Bill that some day Obama would call upon him to do Obama a service…though that day may never come.

Clearly, that day came.

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Amusing as that is to consider my money is on Billy Jeff and the Hildabeast finding an opportunity to betray one of their enemies, nothing the Clinton’s like more than to stab their enemies in the back and then twist the knife while smiling into the eyes of their stunned and amazed victim.

doriangrey on May 29, 2010 at 1:04 PM

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Hey, Sara, “no biggie”! :)

UnderstandingisPower on May 29, 2010 at 1:04 PM

I read the other day that Specter was thinking of heading right again. Did you hear that?

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 1:01 PM

No, but I hope it’s true. He is a nasty, vindictive little man. He didn’t get his senate seniority, and now he didn’t get the primary win they assured him was his. The Dems have no control over him now. I don’t think he has any campaign debt that needs retiring, either. He can vote how he wants until the end of the year, and spin it as just being his old, independent self.

Wethal on May 29, 2010 at 1:05 PM

If that was indeed the offer, then Sestak would have had to withdraw from his House race as well — leaving him without any income. How exactly would that have convinced Sestak to leave the race?

Common grifters have more cohesive stories than this tangled mess.

This elite collection of accomplished liars probably think they can cover their butts with chaps.

I believe that BC has lost a step since his recent brain fart. It’s hard to imagine the Slick Willie of old stepping in it and skidding like this.

ontherocks on May 29, 2010 at 1:05 PM

PackerBronco on May 29, 2010 at 12:55 PM

I was thinking of the same plot.
Obama DID say that he would rather be a great one term POTUS than a….

Everyone know that Hillary still wants his job. I cant wait for all of this to unravel just in time for November…

AnthonyK on May 29, 2010 at 1:07 PM

PackerBronco on May 29, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Exactly. Nobody expected Sestak to open his mouth and spill the beans.

chemman on May 29, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Obama’s machine had something on Clinton. Kind of like what the Corleones had on Senator Geary in Godfather II. Obama told Bill that some day Obama would call upon him to do Obama a service…though that day may never come.

Clearly, that day came.

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2010 at 12:58 PM

I dont hink so Buckeye – I believe its the opposite. Because IF Obama hgad something on the Clintons – it either would have been revealed or… still could be revealed.

I believe the Clintons had something on Obama, dangled it up until the Dem convention (where again – Hillary was making up ground) – but due to the momentum of “The First Black President” in full gear – made a deal with Obama and the super delegates. Do not forget that hit job of “Bill Clinton sounds like a racist” a few weeks out from the Dem convention.

The deal was – to give Hillary a Sec of State or other high position – in return for her and Bills “support” (i.e. $$$$$$$$$$$ and people) Lets not forget – it was bizarre how Billary not only campaigned for Obama against McCain… but for me it wasnt plausable due to the nasty games and comments during the primary’s and caucus’.

It is also why HIllary is so “out of the picture” except for a few pressers and fund raising – as the Sec of State.

Billarys MO is patience… and due to the horrid performance and polls for Obama and Dems – the timeline just moved up 6-12 months, so here we are.

Hell – Clinton was railing against THE LEFT just yesterday, all setting up her “moderate Dem” 2012 run.

Odie1941 on May 29, 2010 at 1:08 PM

I thought the whole stupid reason Obama was elected was because his supporters wanted change?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-05-28/why-sestaks-job-offer-matters/?cid=hp:mainpromo2

How does him playing politics as usual represent change? And if this happens all the time, why is there a law against it? Why don’t they change the law (as Allahpundit pointed out yesterday). Point is, it’s illegal.

If Bill Clinton can be impeached for a blow job, Obama can be impeached for this.

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Amusing as that is to consider my money is on Billy Jeff and the Hildabeast finding an opportunity to betray one of their enemies, nothing the Clinton’s like more than to stab their enemies in the back and then twist the knife while smiling into the eyes of their stunned and amazed victim.

doriangrey on May 29, 2010 at 1:04 PM

I think you’re right. Bill probably suggested the position that Sestak threw out, knowing that Sestak wasn’t eligible but also knowing that at 5:30 am Friday morning after two all nighters, Bauer et al. were at their wits end for a way out.

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Sestak first mentioned this job offer last Feb, Seatak says he got ‘A’ call from exPrez Clinton, the White House statement states that the entaertained “various options” how Sestak could over over a two month period (Mar/Apr?).

The obvious thing here is that Clinton was nit on a single call that lasts over two mo’s, and even if that were plausible, the Sestak statement dates from Feb, plus ‘A’ job offer does not meet the plural threshhold of “various options”. For all the time they had to concoct a story they did not do such a bangup job.

This is smoke and mirrors, trying to change the debate to one of the legalese of their explanation is legal or not, its a classic deflective technique. No, there is something very much more to this story that they don’t want talk about. White House counsel (Bauer) is trying to redirect the narrative, we should not get out into the weeds of letting set the debate of being the lagalities or not of their story, its not the story!

Keep digging people ther is more here than meets the eye.

Archimedes on May 29, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Damn, damn, damn, sorry about the missing words, typo’s, etc. Late night last night and my synapses aren’t firing correctly yet.

Apologies.

Archimedes on May 29, 2010 at 1:15 PM

How about this…

Obama and Rham are strategizing. “Specter looks weak in PA. This guy Sestak may actually mount a real challenge in the primaries.”

Obama: No. No. We need to clear the deck for Arlen after he flipped. What can we do to get Sestak out?

Rham: Let me look into it, there’s got to be something.

Week Later.

Rham: I got it. If we offered him Sec of Navy…

Obama: Ooo, that’s good. Good. (nods) Yes. Yes. That would get him to bow out.

You have to remember that this is Obama’s STYLE from WAY back in his Chicago days. He didn’t win elections by beating people, he won them by clearing them out of the race… most of the time using dirt to make them quit. Look at every election he ran it, same MO (including, I suspect the last one against Hillary in the primaries.)

To me THIS scenario makes FAR more sense than BJC being the instigator of the bribe. I mean, how much credence could one give to an offer (ANY offer) from an ex-president UNLESS he was speaking FOR the WH?

UnderstandingisPower on May 29, 2010 at 1:18 PM

definition: cover-up (noun) – “[This looks more like] an ex post facto attempt to shoehorn the known facts into any kind of exonerating framework than the truth.”

(supplemental def.: “[And the] ambiguous statements surrounding this release also sound like an attempt to leave as much wiggle room as possible.”)

Call it what it is – a bumbling attempt by the WH to cover up criminal activity. 18 USC 600 says “…directly or indirectly….” Rahmbo = indirectly; Slick Willy = directly. They’ve admitted to a felony, and using Bill as a go-between does not exonerate the WH. The real question that remains to be answered is: how can Rahmbo offer a job to someone who would be advising or working with the president without his approval? Answer (whether they admit it or not) is he couldn’t.

Bob Bauer has now put the WH, Bill Clinton, and Sestak into a deep doo-doo: a clear admission of a crime.

DINORight on May 29, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Bring on the “Special Persecutor

J_Crater on May 29, 2010 at 1:18 PM

This is smoke and mirrors, trying to change the debate to one of the legalese of their explanation is legal or not, its a classic deflective technique. No, there is something very much more to this story that they don’t want talk about. White House counsel (Bauer) is trying to redirect the narrative, we should not get out into the weeds of letting set the debate of being the lagalities or not of their story, its not the story!

Keep digging people ther is more here than meets the eye.

Archimedes on May 29, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Spot on, more likely than not this story leads right straight to the bottom top, Obama authorized this and Bauer admitted that it happened. The bullshit about it not being illegal because it was a none paying position is entirely without creditability.

This is as clear cut a case of “High crimes and Misdemeanors” as will ever occur. Let the impeachment hearings begin…

doriangrey on May 29, 2010 at 1:20 PM

It doesn’t matter what that particular laws says, the United States Constitution says:

Article 1, section 6

No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.

Fred 2 on May 29, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Fred 2 on May 29, 2010 at 1:20 PM

You said this regarding Nixon, let’s see if you still have the stones to repeat it. “What did the President know, and when did he know it”… Ok it wasnt you, it was the real Fred…

doriangrey on May 29, 2010 at 1:24 PM

bambi will not have one primary opponent in 2012, he will have at least 2. Hillary and Bayh. Get the popcorn ready

ConservativePartyNow on May 29, 2010 at 1:28 PM

AOver at NRO’s The Corner they’re still digging and note some the discrepencies I mentioned above. Me thinks that ther may indeed be an impeachable offense at the bottom of this, or else why all the obfuscation?

The Sestak Smell Test [Daniel Foster]

A tip of the cap to White House counsel on preparing a memo that, on its face, would appear to let a bit of air out of charges of wrongdoing. But some of it just isn’t scanning.

Let’s look back at what Rep. Sestak told local TV host Larry Kane in February.

KANE: “Were you ever offered a federal job to get out of this race?”

SESTAK: “Yes.”

KANE: “Was it secretary of the Navy?”

SESTAK: “No comment”

Later Kane asks again, “Was there a job offered to you by the White House?” to which Sestak nods and replies “yes, someone offered it.”

Kane asks “It was big right?” Sestak replies, “Let me “no comment” on it.”

“Was it high-ranking?” Kane asked. Sestak said yes.

That was February. Since then, Sestak has mostly “no commented.” But as recently as last Sunday, he confirmed: “I was offered a job, and I answered that.”

Contrast that with the White House memo, which says that Sestak was considered only for non-compensated “advisory positions” and that he had no direct contact with White House officials.

But Sestak confirms to Kane that the White House offered him a job, or at least he fails to disabuse Kane of that notion in his affirmative answer. And note Sestak assents that he was offered a high-ranking federal job. Each word here is important.

There are more than 60 boards, commissions and committees that at one time or another have advised the president. Most are not considered “high-ranking” administration positions, nor upgrades from a House seat, let alone a seat in the Senate. Besides, though vague on details, both the White House memo and Sestak use the words “Advisory Board,” of which there are only two currently active: The Economic Recovery Board and the Intelligence Advisory Board. Sestak is no economist, so the most logical conclusion to draw from the White House memo — that “By virtue of his career in public service, including distinguished military service, Congressman Sestak was viewed to be highly qualified to hold a range of advisory positions. . .while holding his House seat” — is that Sestak was being considered for the Intelligence Advisory Board. The only problem with that option, as the NYT reported, is that Sestak could not have retained his House seat while serving.

In short, it appears that there is no “advisory position” in existence that Sestak would 1) be qualified for and 2) consider preferable to a Senate run and 3) allow him to retain his House seat. Which brings us to the word “job.” Sestak uses it himself, not “position” or “role” or “advisory capacity” or anything else. Federal jobs pay (just ask Derb). Jobs bring clout. Jobs open up, in the language of the White House memo, “alternative paths to service” (read: power) that could give a man second thoughts about a Senate run. Could this just be sloppy language from Sestak? Maybe, maybe not.

UPDATE: Larry Kane gives a behind-the-news blow-by-blow off the question that set this whole business off, and reveals he was prompted to ask the question after two reliable sources told him the White House had “dangled a high level job offer to Sestak, to give a clear path to Senator Specter for the nomination.” If only we knew those sources.

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Archimedes on May 29, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Gibbsy has also denied, for months now, that anything happened at all. Obviously that is not the case. And if it was benign as they would like us to believe, why didn’t they come out with the Clinton position offer months ago?

They allowed it to fester, hoped that the media would continue their love fest, and it would go away. so now it is most likely even worse than if they just “told the truth” months ago. Which is why I don’t believe their BS now. Cover up. Cover up. Cover up.

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 1:30 PM

I think you’re right. Bill probably suggested the position that Sestak threw out, knowing that Sestak wasn’t eligible but also knowing that at 5:30 am Friday morning after two all nighters, Bauer et al. were at their wits end for a way out.

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Very good theory. Let’s see: knowing Bill Clinton – a Rhodes Scholar, known to be both sharp and devious – he knew that Sestak was not eligible for the position (he was POTUS, after all, so he would know the job requirements). Also, Clinton knows his enemy and their ignorance of such “details.”

So, Bill set up the WH and they had no time to check the details. Very plausible. And very Clintonian.

After being tagged by the Obama machine in 2008 as a racist, this fits into the “sweet revenge” category nicely. And, to top it off, the Bauer memo in essence admits that the WH committed a crime, since the 18 USC 600, 595, 211 laws apply in various ways.

And, I can see Clinton turning on the WH to “avoid prosecution” for his part in the crime.

Sweet.

DINORight on May 29, 2010 at 1:34 PM

In the interview, Sestak offered a long list of legislative accomplishments that went far beyond military matters. They include bills or provisions on veterans affairs, autism, education and small business. In fact, Sestak said he opted out of joining the Intelligence Committee in order to join the Education and Labor and Small Business panels, arguing that they were more relevant to his constituents.

Gem of a job ?

J_Crater on May 29, 2010 at 1:35 PM

This looks more like an ex post facto attempt to shoehorn the known facts into any kind of exonerating framework than the truth. And the ambiguous statements surrounding this release also sound like an attempt to leave as much wiggle room as possible.

Yes, at this point I’m convinced the Clinton/advisory board thingy is intentional misdirection from “two months of” other conversations and offers. Øbama-bots want us to use up our fire on their decoys.

petefrt on May 29, 2010 at 1:36 PM

i hope to God that the media smells blood in the water on this, wake up out of their utopia comas and remember what their jobs are, and actually go after this.

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 1:36 PM

UPDATE: Larry Kane gives a behind-the-news blow-by-blow off the question that set this whole business off, and reveals he was prompted to ask the question after two reliable sources told him the White House had “dangled a high level job offer to Sestak, to give a clear path to Senator Specter for the nomination.” If only we knew those sources.

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Archimedes on May 29, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Larry Kane is a former Philly news anchor and reporter who has been around for decades. He’s retired now, but still does special reports for his old station. He would have all the right connections with which to check this out. But he would not jeopardize those sources because he wants the info to keep coming. [My guess? One of the sources was Eddie Rendell, the current governor.]

Wethal on May 29, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Why would Sestak’s supposed ineligibility be a problem? Hillary Clinton is Constitutionally barred from serving as Secretary of State, and that didn’t stop Barry Hussein from nominating her, did it?

Travis Bickle on May 29, 2010 at 1:42 PM

off to make dinner. thanks for the info and the back and forth chit chat! :O)

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Travis Bickle on May 29, 2010 at 1:42 PM

the premise of the Sestak advisory position was that it was a non-paying advisory roll that he could hold while staying in the House (keeping his paying job). He can’t serve in the advisory roll, while holding down his Rep. job.

Hillary left her roll as Senator to accept the paying roll of Sec of State.

(If I understand this correctly)

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Give me a break! Why in hell would a retired Vice Admiral and US Senator take an unpaid position of no consequence to his career” You don’t get to be an Admiral without being a poitician – the whole thing flies in the face of rational thought. Stinks.

LarryG on May 29, 2010 at 1:46 PM

i hope to God that the media smells blood in the water on this, wake up out of their utopia comas and remember what their jobs are, and actually go after this.

sarainitaly on May 29, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Ya, about that, the Fifth Column Treasonous Socialist Propaganda Organ Media is doing their job, sadly you just have not yet achieved the Kübler-Ross model level required to accept what the job is. (you seem to still be at stage one)…

doriangrey on May 29, 2010 at 1:47 PM

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